Threats to Minkebe
Poaching - most of the time for bushmeat - is another major threat. It is driven in part by the presence of logging companies.
Mining is rapidly expanding and is expected to have huge adverse impacts on forests, wildlife and rivers.
The Ebola virus also poses a threat here. Because humans and gorillas have a similar genetic makeup, gorillas are vulnerable to many of the same diseases carried by people. In the Minkébé National Park in Gabon, part of TRIDOM, a 90 percent decline in western lowland gorillas was most likely caused by Ebola.